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**spoiler alert** This was excellent. Perfect level of creepy without going too far (i.e., without slipping into too-scary-to-be-enjoyable). Coraline ...more
Oct 2008
Sep 27, 2008
Harry the Dirty Dog
**spoiler alert** I think this is a perfect picture book. I remember loving the story when I was little, and I love it just as much now, if not more. ...more
Dec 09, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
King and King
**spoiler alert** I loved the way this started out, especially the voice of the queen. But I found the presentation of the princesses rather off-putti ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
**spoiler alert** Perfectly delightful. Mrs. Frisby is such an endearing character and we’re with her the whole way—her motivations are absolutely cle ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
**spoiler alert** Loved this, even though there were a few things I wondered about (not in a good way) by the end—what was the deal with Dane, why did ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
OMG FINALLY finished this thing. Not the best choice for occasional reading on my Nook over, um, two years.
Dec 20, 2014
Oct 27, 2012
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
**spoiler alert** One of those books that grabs you early and keeps you reading almost compulsively all the way through. I thought the scene where the ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Traction Man Is Here!
**spoiler alert** LOVED this. It is more episodic than full narrative, but one could make an argument that the climax is when Traction Man is faced wi ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Officer Buckle & Gloria
A perfect picture-book story. A clear and engaging story, lovable characters, fun artwork, etc. Nice that the reader gets to be in on the joke before ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The School for Cats
I loved the Cat Club books when I was little, and The Fire Cat (starring Pickles, one of the Cat Club characters) remains one of my all-time favorite ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 01, 2008
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
**spoiler alert** Charming story about the youngest of three sisters who wants to find a way to stand out and be remembered like her sisters are. The ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Hanging on to Max
**spoiler alert** Honest and revealing look at what it might be like for a teenage boy to try and raise his infant son. Bechard does a great job of sh ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
Fuzzy Nation
My first Scalzi. Won't be my last. Took me a little while to get fully invested, but the story and characters got more and more compelling as the book ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
I was almost shocked by how much I liked this book. A story about a junior high school kid who wears thick glasses and plays soccer? But of course it’ ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Gil's All Fright Diner
I liked this a lot. Odd-but-good mix of humor, supernatural horror, buddy story, and a little romance. The narrator (Fred Berman) was great, too. My f ...more
May 24, 2014
May 21, 2014
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
I remember this one from when I was little. I think I liked it then, and I like it now. It’s short and direct and satisfying. The gun, even though it’ ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Tawny Scrawny Lion
Interesting to read a book that so frankly addresses the idea of characters eating each other! Fun to read, though, and the ending felt satisfying. Ca ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Book of Dragons
Long ago, sometime around elementary school, I found a shelf of dragon-story collections in the local public library. At least, that’s my memory—a who ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Story of a Girl
Compelling story of a girl who has her first sexual experience in eighth grade (with her older brothers supposed friend), is caught in the act by her ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Robot Dreams
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It was lovely, but made me mad. Dog's behavior made me mad. I have to keep thinking about it, I think.
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
One of my favorite picture books, although I’d never before realized it had the group-mind POV thing going on. This book is what made me more interest ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
Very helpful book about the three-act structure model. Field’s focus is on screenplays, but his paradigm applies just as well to novels. He includes l ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 04, 2008
The Problem With Chickens
**spoiler alert** A group-mind story in which the ladies all act as one in order to solve their egg problem and then their chicken problem. The chicke ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 04, 2008
Miss Nelson Is Back (Miss Nelson, #2)
I had no idea there were any sequels to Harry Allard’s Miss Nelson Is Missing! until I happened to come across them in the library. This one is simila ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
Bella at Midnight
I adored this book. I feel like I need to study it to see how she managed to make it so wonderful—I realize at least half of what makes it so good are ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Aug 22, 2008
George and Martha
Five stories about George and Martha, who are “two great friends.” Fun and sweet, no great dramatic moments, just quiet stories mostly about coming to ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Among Others
Wow. Lovely and excellent. Must read more Jo Walton, clearly.
Sep 22, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
So good, yet again. Love this book.

Starting another listen 10/22/14. Need something I love this much right now.
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 08, 2009
Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
Reading/listening for the 4th time. Love Bujold. And Gardner!
Jun 09, 2013
Nov 02, 2009
A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, #12)
So good, yet again. LOVE.LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Jul 12, 2013
Nov 23, 2009
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